The Wisconsin Oneidas and the Episcopal Church

The Wisconsin Oneidas and the Episcopal Church
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1. This fascinating collection tells the history of the Oneida community and their relationship with the Episcopal Church, which came to the upper Midwest as missionaries.

2. The book is a collaborative effort between Oneida elders, Episcopal clergy and academic historians. The inclusion of both Native and non-Native scholarly work and voices sets this collection apart.

3. Editors McLester and Hauptman are well respected among Iroquoian scholars.



Part I: Christianity Comes to Oneida Country

Editors' Introduction

Chapter 1: The Oneida World before Christianity (Laurence M. Hauptman)

Chapter 2: Oneidas and Missionaries, 1667–1816 (Karim Tiro)

Chapter 3: Flawed Shepherd: Eleazer Williams, John Henry Hobart, and the Episcopal Mission

to the Oneidas (Michael Oberg)

Part II: The Oneida Episcopal Mission: The First Century in Wisconsin

Editors' Introduction

Chapter 4: Another Leatherstocking Tale: Susan Fenimore Cooper, the Episcopal Church, and

the Oneidas (Laurence M. Hauptman, L. Gordon McLester III, and Judy Cornelius-Hawk)

Chapter 5: A Mission of Mutuality: The Relationship between the Oneidas and the Nashotah

House Theological Seminary (Very Rev. Steven A. Peay)

Chapter 6: Wearing Two Hats: Cornelius Hill and John Archiquette, Oneida Nation and

Episcopal Church Leaders (L. Gordon McLester III and Laurence M. Hauptman)

Chapter 7: The Episcopal Mission 1853–1909: Three Church Accounts

Ellen Saxton Goodnough: Christmas at the Oneida Episcopal Mission, 1869

Father Solomon S. Burleson describes providing medical care at Oneida

Father Frank Wesley Merrill on Missionary Sybil Carter and the Oneida

Women lace-makers, 1899

Part III: Oneida First-Person Accounts of the Episcopal Mission and Its Clergy

Editors' Introduction

Chapter 8: Six Oneidas Recount Eight WPA Oral Histories, 1938–1942, about the Episcopal

Mission (Sarah Cornelius, Guy Elm, Lena Silas, Oscar Archiquette, Pearl House, and David


Chapter 9: Ten Contemporary Oneidas Reminisce in Nine Accounts about the Holy Apostles Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Mission

Kenneth Hoyan House: Reverend Christian puts me on the Straight Path

Blanche Powless: The Episcopal Mission School

Kathy Powless Hughes: My father Deacon Edmund Powless

Sister Theresa and Mother Superior Alicia: Oneidas in the Order of the

Teachers of the Children of God: Two Nuns reflect on their service to the

Episcopal Church

Pearl Schuyler McLester: Reminiscences of the Oneida Episcopal Mission

Deacon Deborah Heckel: Father R. Dewey Silas

Judy Cornelius: As I remember: The women of the Church of the Holy Apostles

Betty McLester and Judy Skenandore: Oneida lacemaking: then and now

L. Gordon McLester III: The Oneida Indian Hymn Singers

Part IV: Conclusion

Chapter 10: Putting Oneida Episcopal History in Perspective (Christopher Vecsey)

Chapter 11: The Wisconsin Oneidas and the Episcopal Church: Then and Now

Appendix: Episcopal Priests and Bishops Who Have Served the Oneidas in Wisconsin


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